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Teak Care Guide

Teak (Tectona grandis) is a strong, dense, stable hardwood, naturally rich in oil and resins ideal for use in making garden furniture. Natural teak varies in colour from blond to deep golden amber and can be left untreated to weather naturally with the sun and rain to a silver grey hue. It is however understandable you want to keep your teak furniture looking it's best so we have put together this simple guide to help maintain and care for your teak garden furniture.     

Prolong The Life of Your Teak Garden Furniture

Caring for your teak garden furniture is a simple enough task and done regularly can prolong the life of your furniture dramatically. Naturally teak contains high levels of resinous oils and this allows teak to be resistant to mosture and the drying effects of weathering. Howeverdue to teak being a natural product and being exposed to the weather, dirt, air fallout, a regular maintenance routine is important to keep your teak garden furniture in prime condition.

Teak Maintenance Care Steps

For new teak furniture depending on your personal taste a decision needs to be taken within the first few days of exposure to the elements. Do you want to treat the furniture with a sealer? or let it weather naturally?. If left untreated it will change colour in time to a sliver grey in style of a traditional British country garden where the furniture blends to the surroundings of the garden. Treated with a sealer then it will weather more slowly and help to stop staining and keep a more golden look.

Older teak garden furniture that has been left to weather can be brought back into life by cleaning, brightening, sanding and finally sealing. This may be a time consuming job but very rewarding once completed. Bellow we have put together the stages to help you achieve the best results.
  • Step 1: Inspect the furniture carefully for any splits or damage that may have occurred over time with wear and tear. If any areas need a repair now is the time to do this before moving on. (This will not apply for new furniture you can move to step 4 unless you need to clean the furniture first)
  • Step 2: Cleaning. Rinse the furniture over with a hose or watering can, DO NOT use pressure wash as this will cause damage to the surface. With the use of a dedicated teak cleaner (Following the manufactures instructions) or a mild soapy solution use warm water and a bristled brush to gently clean following the grain of the wood any dirt away, pay close attention to hard to reach areas. (Top Tip! an old toothbrush is ideal for those smaller gaps) Rinse the furniture with clean water thoroughly to remove the solution. Now allow the teak garden furniture to air dry before moving on. (Never force dry the furniture with any heat) This step can be repeated if necessary.
  • Step 3: Brighten the furniture with a dedicated teak brightener. (Following the manufactures instructions. This step may not be necessary depending on the age and condition of the teak. Next is a light sanding this will smooth out the surface of the wood for a smooth feel to the touch. Start with a medium grit and then move to a fine grit to achieve the best results. (Top Tip! a sanding block is best to use for sanding and always follow the grain with not to much pressure)   If you do use a brightener again allow to air dry.
  • Step 4: Protecting the teak wood with your desired teak protector. We recommend to choose a reputable high quality product as the finish will show. Before applying use a clean cloth or soft brush to remove any dust left from sanding as this will get trapped into the finish if not removed. Avoid trapping any dirt or moisture underneath the sealant which could cause mould growth. Always follow the manufactures instructions on the best way to apply their product and take your time you do not want to rush this as its the end results that will matter. Now its time to see the results and enjoy your teak garden furniture.

Please take note: Under no circumstances do we recommend to use industrial soaps, detergents, bleach or other abrasive materials on your furniture. These will damage the wood surface and remove the wood’s natural oils and make it more susceptible to staining.
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